Pflugrad, Akey and Levenseller Will Be Doba's Coordinators

Jan. 23, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University's new head football coach Bill Doba confirmed today the appointment of Robin Pflugrad as the Cougars' new assistant head coach.

At the time of his appointment in December Doba, named Mike Levenseller to continue as offensive coordinator and Robb Akey as WSU's new defensive coordinator.

'I am very fortunate to have quality assistants who are remaining on the staff,' said Doba. 'Robin, Mike and Robb are proven coaches who will do a great job in these positions.'

Pflugrad, who coaches WSU's tight ends and will continue to serve as the Cougars' recruiting coordinator, will take on the additional administrative responsibilities that are associated with his new title. Among them are serving as liaison for several support areas, including compliance. He replaces Kasey Dunn, who held that position for Mike Price before both left for Alabama, where Price was named the head coach in December.

Akey was promoted to defensive coordinator by Doba and will also continue to work with the defensive ends. Doba was the Cougar's defensive coordinator until being named WSU's new head coach.

Levenseller will continue to coach WSU's wide receivers and serve as the offensive coordinator, a position he has held since the 2001 season.

'I really appreciate the opportunity and confidence Bill Doba has shown in me,' Pflugrad said while on a recruiting trip for WSU. 'I am excited about working with Bill's new staff and with a great group of football players.'

Pflugrad, an Oregon native and 1980 graduate of Portland State, joined the Cougar coaching staff prior to the 2001 season. Since then the Cougars have gone 20-5, the best two-year record at WSU in more than 50 years. Prior to joining WSU, he had coached at Arizona State, Montana, and his alma mater, where he began as a graduate assistant shortly after graduating.

Levenseller returned to his alma mater in 1992 as wide receiver coach and took on the responsibilities of offensive coordinator in 2001. The Tacoma native played professionally with Oakland, Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati of the NFL and Edmonton and Calgary of the CFL. He also coached in the CFL with British Columbia and Toronto before joining the WSU staff.

Akey is starting his fifth season with the Cougars after previous coaching stints at Northern Arizona and his alma mater Weber State. The Colorado native of Colorado Springs finished his playing career in 1987 as Weber State's all-time sack leader.

NOTE: Doba has released the dates of WSU's spring football practices. Spring drills will begin Tuesday, April 1, and end with the annual Crimson and Gray Game Saturday, April 26. Practices each week will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

NOTE: WSU's Rien Long, the 2002 Outland Trophy winner as the nation's top interior linemen, has been invited to attend the Seattle PI Sports Star of the Year banquet next Monday, Jan. 27. Long, a junior, has chosen to enter his name for consideration in the NFL's April draft and will forgo his final year of collegiate competition.

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